Costa Statement on Gov. Newsom Award of $11.5 Million to Fight Homelessness in Fresno

Jan 17, 2020
Press Release

(WASHINGTON) - Congressman Jim Costa (CA-16) released the following statement after Gov. Newsom's announcement of $11.5 million in emergency grants to address the homeless crisis in Fresno: 

“Homelessness in the Valley is a persistent crisis," said Costa. "I welcome Governor Newsom’s announcement of $11.5 million in emergency grants to tackle homelessness in Fresno and salute him for another strong signal of his commitment to the Valley. Throughout my career, I’ve worked to combat homelessness both in the CA State Legislature and here in Congress. I’ve helped secure tens of millions of federal dollars to address this issue through programs like Continuum of Care and various other HUD initiatives. By securing money for the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program, we’ve also been successful in significantly reducing the number of homeless veterans in Fresno and Merced.  More recently, I led the effort to secure $2 billion in grants, loans, and related assistance for rural housing projects in the December 18, 2019 spending bill and cosponsored fellow Valley Rep. Josh Harder’s bill to funnel additional federal money to resolve the homeless crisis. I’m hopeful this state initiative can build on the work we’ve already done to transform lives and help our vulnerable populations find a safe place to call home.”